Tips for Packing School Lunch

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Cold Lunch Tips: 

  • Sandwiches or wraps have all the vegetables you intend to put already washed and cut so in the morning all that is left is to assemble the sandwich. 
  • Choosing peanut butter alternative protein with less sugar: cashew/almond butter, pumpkin seed butter, sunflower seed butter
  • Have your kids make their own sandwich in the morning or the night before. If you have teenagers implement a schedule so that everyone gets a day in the week where they pack everyone lunches. This will add variety to the lunches and allow your teenagers to appreciate the time and effort put into packing a delicious lunch.

Hot lunch Tips: 

  • Double your dinner recipes to have leftovers. 
  • Cook in batch and freeze leftovers in individual size containers that are microwave and dishwasher friendly. Check out frozen dinners in one day by Cook Smarts
  •  Consistent labelling of each packed container will help you to reduce wastage. 
  • Already prepared lunches can be microwaved in the morning placed in a thermos. (This is useful for schools without a microwave.)

Snack Tips:

  • You can have a system in places such as pick two fruits/veggies and one carbohydrate. 
  • When it comes to prepping fruits and veggies your kids can help you wash the food and if they are old enough, they can also help cut them.

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